via Umberto 1, 138
53020 SanGiovanni d'Asso (SI) Italy
San Martino is an ancient farm complex, built originally around 1400 and enlarged at the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s. It is located on the main street of Montisi, and the main courtyard is accessed through an impressive archway with solid wooden gates.
Until 1992 various farming families lived here; they used to breed cattle and poultry and worked in the surrounding fields where wheat, barley and corn were planted. Nowadays farming has been greatly reduced and at present is concentrated on the production of wine and olive oil. The entire farmhouse and its associated farm buildings are now occupied by its owners, who have carefully restored parts of the complex to create two delightful and original apartments.
From lawn at the rear of the house you can enjoy the view of an enchanting and relaxing landscape, made up of woods, lines of cypresses, vineyards and olive groves. Or enjoy the sunny, very private courtyard. It is a peaceful hideaway where the only sound comes from the birds' singing and the rustling of the leaves.
Thanks to its position in the centre of the village, there is easy access to basic amenities such as a post office, bank with ATM, grocery store, 6 restaurants and cafes, and the village bakery.
Two apartments are available for guests: they are both a story above the street, accessed from the main courtyard via wide stone steps, and they each have two bedrooms (one double-bedded, the other with twin beds), a sitting room with kitchenette and dining area. Bathrooms are equipped with shower. The decor and furnishings are traditional and rustic, in keeping with the restoration of the old building, though with modern fixtures and fittings.
CASA DEL GALLO A large traditional Tuscan fireplace is engraved with the date 1842, a reminder of the ancient origins of the entrance room. It was once the kitchen where the farm labourers and their families gathered for their evening meal after a long working day in the fields, and where the women would sit around the hearth while sewing, knitting and chatting.
CASETTA From this pretty apartment you look out over the borgo of Montisi (the fortified centro storico) with Siena in the distance. Guests have use of a beautiful, rustic pavilion with a panoramic view.
Minimum 2-night stay.
For two people, € 90/night or € 600/week
For three to four people, € 100/night or € 700/week
Central heating available at extra charge.
Silvia Mannucci Benincasa